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March 13, 2023

While piecing together the background of a museum collection object found in the basement storage of the Presbyterian Historical Society, I found myself growing very familiar with a young woman whose dream in life was to become a missionary. Her name was Annie R. Houston, and she chased her dream—going to school to study medicine, interning for three years post-education, and gaining the trust and encouragement of her family—until she caught it. Grasping her dream tightly, Annie traveled to China in September 1891, where she became the first woman physician sent there by the...

March 10, 2023
Rev. Daniel Sanders c. 1890. Image courtesy of the Charlotte Mecklenberg Library.

Daniel Jackson Sanders, of Winnsboro, South Carolina, was a devout Presbyterian, a champion for education, and dedicated to the advancement of his race. His story of unlikely success began with birth on February 15th, 1847, into slavery. He was owned by the same man as his mother, Thomas Hall, a methodist minister. Upon Hall’...

March 7, 2023
Barber-Scotia students in college library, circa 1960s. Pearl ID: islandora:309464

Now available in Pearl are photographs of Barber-Scotia College, a historically Black women’s college in Concord, North Carolina. Spanning 1928 through the 1960s,...

March 7, 2023

The Presbyterian Historical Society happily welcomes Jill Chancellor to our staff! Jill joins us as Reference Archivist. As a member of the Public Services team, she will respond to remote reference inquiries, assist onsite researchers in our reading room, and contribute to outreach activities. 

A native of Oklahoma, Jill earned masters degrees in Library Science and History from Simmons University in Boston. She most recently worked for the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections.

Her first day was February 27. Welcome, Jill!

March 6, 2023

Each month, the Presbyterian Historical Society is bearing witness to the lives of African American leaders throughout the history of the denomination. Click here to learn how PHS is collecting records of the Black Presbyterian experience through the African American Leaders and Congregations Initiative.

Additionally, a free bulletin insert about each figure is available for download at the end of...

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